The newest line, which was put into operation in early April, is worth 1.5m euros and is the last part of an investment launched last year. The line is currently in test mode and production is expected to start at full speed in a few weeks.
This is the largest production line of Extrapack. It is assembled entirely by the company’s team, with components from China, Germany and Ireland, while the structure is manufactured in Bulgaria. The line will produce nonwoven textiles for medical and hygienic products, furniture production, interior textiles, etc.
With the new machine, the company already has three lines for spunbond textiles. In addition, last year two lines were installed for meltblown textiles, which are mainly used for filtering devices (masks, filters for clean rooms, etc.). All of them are located in the third plant of the company near Veliko Tarnovo.
The introduction of the new production lines allows Extrapack to contribute to the fight against the COVID pandemic, in which non-woven products – protective clothing, masks, socks and filters – are extremely important.
Another reason for the investment is the shift of supply chains from China to Europe and the increased demand for products and raw materials produced in the EU. Non-woven products are mainly exported to Eastern Europe, Italy, Turkey and the former Yugoslav republics.
Despite the uncertainty at the beginning of the pandemic, Extrapack managed to adjust to the new realities in a short time and according to preliminary data expects about 20% higher turnover for 2020.
Last year, there was also a big increase in the demand for recycled polyethylene packaging for courier services, and the company launched new paper envelopes for shipments.
Currently, Extrapack is preparing to build the next, fourth, plant specifically for paper bags. It will be located next to the third plant, and the purchase of the land is currently being completed. The new factory is expected to be operational in about two years.